Anger is a normal yet overused negative emotion that drains you of energy and increases your risk of getting a heart attack.

It’s most common causes are when things don’t happen your way or when you don’t get what you want.

Anger is not a planned action but a reaction to certain stimuli.  It is easier to show than repress, and it gives you a temporary feeling of strength, yet it only makes you vulnerable.

A study conducted by the John Hopkins University form 1948 to 1964 suggests that the occurrence of premature heart disease is prevalent among quick-tempered young men.  Furthermore, the study reported that among its 1,000 participants, 35 percent had developed cardiovascular disease at an average age of 56 due to anger.

One of the most damaging effects of anger is the release of stress-related hormones that tighten the blood vessels.  This puts an additional stress on the heart and raises the risk of a heart attack, Dr. Patricia Chang of John Hopkins University, reports.

Controlling anger is one way to cushion its impact on your physical and mental well-being.  Here are some of them:

1. Relax

Using simple relaxation techniques such as deep breathing and focusing your mind on relaxing imagery or a relaxing experience can help a lot in calming you down.  Another approach is to buy books that teach relaxation techniques.  Master those because they will be very helpful to you at the right moments.

2. Change the way you think

Changing the way you think gives you a chance to overcome your anger.  Angry people tend to focus their thoughts on things that fuel up their anger. They even have the tendency to overreact and act on impulse.  Try to mellow down your anger by being rational.  Admit to yourself that you’re angry and upset about the situation, but you should convince yourself that your anger is not doing anything to fix it anyhow.

3. Listen

If you are angry, you tend to be impulsive and judgmental at the same time.  This often leads to more serious consequences.

When you are caught in an angry discussion with someone, a way to cut it off is by listening rather than saying senseless or offensive words that only makes the situation worse.  Listening helps to keep you cool because it can make you understand what the other person is saying.

4. Remove yourself from the situation

When there are situations that make you angry and you feel that it is getting too heated, remove yourself from the situation as fast as you can before your anger gets the better of yourself.